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Persephone Restaurant, Aptos, CA

Persephone Restaurant

4.6
4.6
672 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Persephone Restaurant is a fine dining establishment focused on bringing the best and freshest ingredients Santa Cruz County has to offer directly to you. We are a Seasonal Kitchen meaning that we change our menu based upon whatever ingredients are locally seasonably available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Wednesday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 612-6511
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Cori Goudge-Ayer
  • Neighborhood
    Aptos
  • Parking details
    Parking is available to patrons in the full lot extending down to Coldwell Bankers office.
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 672 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

672 Reviews
  1. SteveM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is one ofour favorite restaurants in SC County. Excellent food, wonderful service and nice atmosphere.

    1 person found this helpful

  2. Jojo

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner at Persephone. Can’t believe it’s taken us so long to try this place. We’ll be going back ASAP- absolutely thrilled with it!

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  3. JeffB

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent in all respects!

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  4. GarryN

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a really charming space with excellent food, an extensive wine list and top notch staff.

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  5. CaPatola

    Central Coast

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite local restaurants. We were celebrating a birthday and were very pleased with everything from food to service. The 3 of us each had something different: Strip Steak, Tortiglioni and Chicken...each one perfectly done and delicious. We shared the budino...always wonderful and this was no exception, the chicory and quince salad and the flourless pear cake...all delicious. Chef Cori does a beautiful job. Thanks for another wonderful dining experience!

    1 person found this helpful

  6. Afficianado

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We encountered a brewmaster’s dinner at a fixed price. The menu sounded interesting, and it was, more so than the actual 5 courses. The wait staff, brew master and chef were friendly likable stewards for the evening. The paired beer tastes from Fruition Brewery were interesting and complimentary with the courses. The courses started and ended on a high (interesting gazpacho and passion fruit dessert), but the three courses in between tended to all taste the same…too dry, too much Dijon (?), too many pickled accessories. Some local fresh seasonal vegetables, maybe some fish or poultry would have been appreciated. At $125 per person + tip, it was not a value, or particularly memorable enough to make me want to make another reservation soon.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. califguy

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Soooo good! High quality, very creative, great service

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall it was very good. Only one option of each type of protein on menu. Don't care for swordfish but that was only option as a pescatarian. Cannelini beans were.not cooked all the way. Rest of food was amazing. Great combinations and suttle flavors that just work! Panna Cota was amazing! And cannot say enough about the Ceasar salad best I have Ever had!

    1 person found this helpful

  9. SherylV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing! So flavorful!! And wonderful service!

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  10. Rebecca

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the most delicious dinner here. The desserts were our favorite. And Alex our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wines. Thanks!

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  11. jessikahsd

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, we had a nice dinner at Persephone. We sat on the patio, which was peaceful. Our appetizers were it underwhelming, but we both enjoyed our entrees (the truffled tortiglioni and cheese and seared strip loin). The one let down was the manager came by to acknowledge that we were celebrating a birthday and told us we would received a free dessert on the house, but when the bill came, we were charged for the dessert, so communication between the manager and the server seemed to be lacking. Otherwise, we had a nice time.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food quality, wine selection and service. What a gem in the aptos/ capitola area. Great patio dining and pet friendly!

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  13. SantaCruzansMandM

    Yosemite

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My steak was scrumptious as were my husband's short ribs--a favorite of both of ours. Our caesar salad (with anchovies!!!) was fresh and delicious and his brownie dessert was sinfully wonderful (and I ate the caramel sauce). Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, and courteous. We even got a parking space out front! What's not to like? The place is outstanding.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we made the reservation, this was a unique, wonderful experience with great food and service!

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  15. Hicko

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Server, host and Buser were all very knowledgeable and made great recommendations. Wine list was very extensive. Especially appreciated the deep Italian wine Focus. Food came out as ordered and promptly. Will return again soon and would recommend to friends family and anyone interested and 90th establishment. Both Michael and Dominick were extremely helpful and made us feel at home.

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  16. KathleenR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of three ate at Persephone on Saturday night. We were promptly seated and given a bottle of water, and delicious warm focaccia and olive oil with balsamic vinegar. shortly after that, our waiter came over to introduce himself, and give us menus. He returned a little while later to take our orders, including a drink order. Our salads were soon delivered by the busboy, followed after a good interval by our entrees. Everything was delicious. Our waiter delivered the beverages we'd ordered, except for my partner's requested beer. He told us they were out of that and provided a substitute, which he told my partner he would exchange if it wasn't to his taste. Halfway through our meal, our waiter returned and noticed my partner hadn't drunk his beer. He offered to bring another, and my partner agreed. We also asked for more water. We never saw our waiter again until 10-15 minutes after we were done eating. My partner no longer wanted the beer, but we still wanted water, which we again asked for. Our waiter offered us the dessert menu at this time, and since it was our son's birthday, we ordered a dessert to share. When we were done with dessert, ourwaiter brought our bill, which didn't include the beer order. The food was excellent as usual. Our waiter was friendly and pleasant, but not very present. Not getting his beer was a only minor disappointment for my partner, but the lack of water was a real drag for all three of us. I don't know if Persephone was short staffed, or if something else was going on, and this wasn't anything that will prevent us from returning next time, but our experience did not deliver the amazing experience on all fronts we've come to expect. Instead, we got a well prepared and presented meal in a lovely space with mediocre, at best, service.

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  17. Gerlinded

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding. I especially liked the Reuben cabbage soup with the homemade pastrami. It was a creative menu with highly innovative dishes. My family and I truly enjoyed it.

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  18. msxcski

    Central Coast

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My companions and greatly enjoyed all aspects of our meal. My pomegranate eggplant was luscious and subtly seasoned. The portions were just right for one person, not too much. We enjoyed our wine selection as well. All of our desserts, Brownie Ala Mode, Pan cotta with Cherries and Hazelnut Semifreddo, were a treat for the eyes as well as taste.

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  19. AaronM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We were the first ones in the restaurant. Even though we had a reservation we got sat next to the door and the waitstaff station. We got appetizers, pastas, main courses and wine; yet were treated like we came in begging for some scraps. It was not a good experience. The food was good.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! What a gem! The food at Persephone is divine! Delicious flavors and beautiful plating. I was greeted and welcomed in before even stepping foot through the door—the service was top notch. Michael was our server and he could not be more attentive, knowledgeable and warm. Our whole evening was fantastic, every dish divine! Loved the fresh house made hummus served with the focaccia bread to start. Great wines, and the heirloom watermelon salad was to die for! Loved the truffle pasta too. It was my birthday dinner and they gave a choice between a complimentary dessert and glass of wine! Fabulous! Beautiful atmosphere and artwork authentic to Santa Cruz. What a fantastic place! I travel and eat at high end restaurants all the time and Persephone truly blew me away! It’s a must!

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  21. LadyinAptos

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful wait staff, intimate setting inside, we were seated inside, they offer outside dining. Food was amazing. Looking forward to going back:)

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  22. JulianA

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall great food and nice local wine list. Good pasta and chicken and catch of the day. Even saw Mel Gibson eating in the outdoor patio area.

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  23. DebbieJ

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous wines and small bites at the wine tasting!

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  24. DavidC

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Every time we go, the menu gets better! Excellent wine list as well! AC would have been nice, though!

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  25. JudithS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu is fresh, creative, and well-sourced for local, seasonal ingredients. Their outdoor dining area is one of the prettiest we've been to.

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  26. Carlovers

    Portland

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu is very limited but our choices (short rib and bolognese) were perfect. We also split a Caesar salad which was excellent. We will be back next time we are in town!

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  27. Happybirthdaytome

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our anniversary, and we were treated by the restaurant with them waiving the corkage fee, since we didn’t want dessert.

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  28. Kate

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service, wonderful food, and just an incredible place to eat and celebrate! Thank you

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  29. BillyPilgrim

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was amazing and the ambiance is great. Food was good, but not great. Not really worth the price tag.

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  30. HowardL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    They got several items wrong, and the food was only in retry good.

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  31. MarkS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Among the finest in Santa Cruz County. Each course a well-crafted creation with excellent flavor blends and prepared very well. Nice to see this fine restaurant survived the pandemic and is back in full swing, and wokring out the kinks in staffing up (a huge challenge right now). Bottom line, however, is the food and Chef Cori has always delivered. Hailing from our own local culinary institute prior to pursuing a stellar career at two of my favorite restaurants of the past (Acquerello (still one of the greats) and Laili (slipping in quality since Chef Cori's departure)). Looking forwad to returning soon.

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  32. sandick

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately, we were very disappointed in our Persephone experience and will not return. They were very understaffed. Several items on menu were not available. Bottle of wine we ordered was not available. One of the dinners was just fine and other was overcooked. I really do not like to leave such a negative review, but there really was not anything positive to add.

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  33. SteveM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One our favorite Aptos restaurants. Always a quality dinner that is creative and tastes great. The duck pasta was awesome and The chicken spatzle was excellent

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  34. Terry

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks for a memorable Anniversary dining experience. Waiter very accommodating. Food & wine excellent. We enjoyed it so much. Other diners were respectfully talking quietly. We could pretend we were in Europe.

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  35. mandessa

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Really lovely food and location, the staff and servers were so kind, but they are obviously having staffing issues. Bottle of Rose wine wasn’t chilled before it was served, they never cleared our dishes, even as they served dessert. To spend so much for dinner and not get wine pairings until 15 min after dinner is served or waiting to get utensils or eating on a table full of dirty dishes was a real disappointment. And the folks there were obviously working so hard, so I can’t fault them. Such a bummer but will definitely give them another try in a while in hopes they get these issues settled because they food, location and people were great.

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  36. PaulaF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a must-go-to restaurant in Aptos! The food is creative and delicious, and the service is friendly and attentive. The lunch is informal on the small, covered patio. The restaurant inside is small but not crowded, with covered table clothes and a cozy ambiance. I highly recommend it.

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  37. Aphrodite

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful to have a fine dining restaurant near Santa Cruz. My salmon was cooked perfectly, moist and tasty.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A birthday celebration. We come to Persephone about once a quarter and have never had a bad entree. Small intimate restaurant with an attentive wait staff and great chef. Look forward to more frequent dining there now that COVID restriction have relaxed.

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  39. Kubotronic

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was superb! We sat outside and Our server Mikael was amazing! Give this guy a raise! Very personable, remembered names as we said in passing that were on their way, made our day special with a birthday brownie! Simply amazing! Plenty of parking out front, it was quiet outside and we had the whole place to ourselves. But food was meh. Salmon was excellent but that was about it!

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  40. Rich

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing but disappointed in the food- it was just okay

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Persephone Restaurant using the Order Online button. Persephone Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 612-6511.

Persephone Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 672 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Google Map for Persephone Restaurant

7945 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Aptos
  • Hours of operation
    Wednesday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking is available to patrons in the full lot extending down to Coldwell Bankers office.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Cori Goudge-Ayer
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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